Apr 4, 2013

Come Support Seattle Magazine's Earth Day 5K with Sustainable Seattle

When we heard there would be an Earth Day race at the beautiful Myrtle Edwards Park, we just knew we had to get involved.  After learning the proceeds go to restoring our local urban parks and forests, we laced up our Brooks sneakers and ran to help faster than good 'ol Speedy Gonzalez!

Saturday, April 20 the downtown Seattle waterfront park will turn into a big, sweaty green gathering for Seattle Magazine's first ever Earth Day 5K. Sustainable Seattle will be there, in full force, with a passionate group of volunteers that we hope includes Y-O-U!

To support this event, whose proceeds go to Green Seattle Partnership, we're gathering volunteers to take on various tasks during race day.  You can sign up here and view the full list of volunteer positions.

Times range from 7 am to 1pm and are located at the race start and finish line just near the park at Bell Harbor Pier 66. All volunteers will receive a shirt.

While there are tons of fun things going on during the event, including host Jesse Jones and a Earth Day festivity with food, drinks and vendors at Bell Harbor, we're excited to have two special roles during the Earth Day 5K!

Reduce Waste
Our waste reduction inspiration!
Since this is a large event, there will be lots of bodies therefore lots of garbage.  We're looking for a team to help divert the amount of waste that heads to the landfill. Sign-up for the Waste Director job to join us, we’d love your help and creativity! Our vision is to create signage using vendor items to help orient visitors to the correct waste bins. We've all bin there, questioning if an item is indeed compostable, or trash, or recyclable, no it's definitely compostable... it's a tricky moment, the disposal decision. Besides creating a display at each waste station, our group will also stand at each station ready for trashy conversation. If you'd like to help lead this effort, or have any innovative ideas please let us know! This is a great role for an garbology enthusiasts who love getting the word about waste reduction out to the public!
Look how happy and proud you could be
of your waste station display! Photo source.

Fundraise in the Beer Garden
If all things go as planned, we have an exciting partnership at the Earth Day 5K beer garden thanks to Seattle Magazine and New Belgium Brewing: all proceeds from the beer garden will go directly to Sustainable Seattle! Day drinking never sounded so good! We hope you can spread the word, grab a couple friends and toast to supporting Sustainable Seattle on what is basically mother nature's modern birthday.

While we think every day should be treated like like Earth Day, we're happy to choose an event like this to get together in one of Seattle's best urban green space to help raise proceeds that go to preserving such locations.  We hope you join! 

Sign up to volunteer here or email Michelle with questions at michelle@sustainableseattle.org. Or call 206.622.3522. If you don't have a shift preference send an email and include your Name, Email, if you're under 21 and Shirt Size.

Register to race
Learn more

This event is presented by REI and sponsored by Bell Harbor International, King 5, The Mountain 103.7, Whole Foods, New Belgium Brewing and Odwalla. Sustainable Seattle helped Seattle Magazine "think green" during for this event by providing a green check list, a service we hope to continue and make Seattle events as sustainable as possible. Our goal in this effort is to reach our broader community in an engaging and educational way. Send green event inquiries to info@sustainableseattle.org.

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